Foods To Avoid With Braces

At Travers Orthodontics, we pride ourselves in offering the best orthodontic care and treatments to help you obtain the smile of your dreams. While braces fulfill this vision, they can also be difficult when it comes to eating. Certain foods will damage your braces, so you need to be more conscious of what you are eating and drinking during treatment. We’re here to help!

Hard Foods 

Avoid things like nuts, raw vegetables like carrots, harder breads like pizza crust, and things that require you to bite down hard. These kinds of foods can damage your braces with just one bad bite and will compromise your treatment.

Sticky Foods

Gum, caramel, peanut butter, molasses, maple syrup, and others will get stuck in between your brackets and wires, and make for a very difficult cleaning. 

H3 Ice

Ice is fine to have in your drink, or suck on, but don’t ever bite down on ice while wearing braces. This is the most common reason for damaged braces. 

Tough Meats

Well done steaks, beef or pork that are tough to chew, and beef jerky will loosen the wires and brackets of your braces when you try to take a bite. The toughness and force used to rip the meat are not good for your teeth, and especially for your braces. 

Use Common Sense

As with any dental treatment, common sense is your best bet when it comes to caring for your braces. If a food is questionable to you, it’s best to stay away. Since you already know the main textures to avoid – hard, sticky, and chewy – exercise your best judgment when determining what not to eat, and stick with softer textures.

Foods to Eat With Braces

There are many foods that are safe to eat with braces. Some of these include cooked vegetables, fruits like peaches, berries, or citrus, cooked pasta and rice, eggs and most dairy products, tender meats like chicken and seafood, soft deli meats, and soft breads such as muffins, pancakes, tortillas, and donuts. 

Contact Your Irving, TX Orthodontist!

If you have any questions about braces and diet, or any concerns related to our services or treatments, please give us a call at 972-910-8202, and we will be happy to discuss them with you. You can also request an appointment. We at Travers Orthodontics can’t wait to hear from you!